Ideas & Advice
From sedans to cheongsams and even trishaws.
Here's how to make an entrance: in a hand-carried, men-powered traditional sedan - which is how Cheryl Wee, 30, actress and founder of Cheryl W Wellness & Weight Management married architect Roy Fong, 30, in the first of their three lavish celebrations that took Instagram by storm with its luxe and glamorous details. "Our families hold traditions and heritage close to our hearts, and we like to follow our customs during important occasions while interpreting them with modern touches", says the actress. Image by Alwin Lim of Trouve Photography To fit the occasion of their traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, Cheryl wore a Qun Kua; an elaborately embroidered two-piece outfit that Chinese brides traditionally don for their big day, while her husband, Roy, had on a changshan with a 30's spin by adding a fedora and rounded glasses to his outfit - a look commonly seen during the era. After the ceremonies, her husband carried her into the bridal room – a moment they both found especially meaningful. See also: CHERYL WEE MARRIES WITH A TRAD CHINESE WEDDING! 9 DETAILS WE LOVE Image by Alwin Lim of Trouve Photography For their stunning destination wedding in Bali, Taiwanese actor, singer, composer and former F4 band member Ken Chu and Chinese actress Vivien Han also included the traditional Chinese tea and gatecrashing ceremonies with their entire bridal party dressed in traditional outfits. Image by Lens Studio Photography, part of Sanduanjin Photography The groom and bride wore elaborate designs from couturier Guo Pei, while the groomsmen were in traditional tunics and the bridesmaids in cheongsam separates. See also: 15 STUNNING IDEAS WE LOVE FROM F4’S KEN CHU AND VIVIEN HAN WEN WEN’S WEDDING AT THE MULIA BALI Image by Lens Studio Photography, part of Sanduanjin Photography Wu Fan, and Mark Tan had an informal, modern oriental-themed celebration for 600 guests at Shangri-La Singapore, and to match their theme, instead of going with a white bridal gown, the bride chose to wear red - her favourite colour and very auspicious for traditional Chinese weddings. Image by Androids in Boots How cute is this! The wedding party's outfits, including what the flower girl and page boy had on, and invitations reflected their oriental theme. "We asked guests to dress up according to the theme. Many turned up in dragon robes and peony dresses, and went around complimenting or making fun of each other’s outfits. It was a blast", shares the couple. Image by Androids in Boots Instead of the traditional bouquet toss from the bride to her bridesmaids, the groom tossed a red ball made of silk instead to his groomsmen. See also: 6 WAYS TO HAVE A MODERN ORIENTAL WEDDING IN SINGAPORE Image by Androids in Boots For Felicia & Wee's banquet at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, the couple went for an Oriental-meets-retro vibe. "As our dinner banquet was primarily for our families and relatives, we went with a nostalgic retro theme that had elements of our heritage and upbrining, making it most memorable," says Wee. The ballroom stage had a Oriental-themed backdrop with plenty of traditional Chinese motifs and elements. Image by Feldberyl Images For their reception area, the couple installed an old school kopitiam backdrop, inspired by the coffee shop that the bride's father used to run, which had painted paper fans, illustrated posters, glass bottled with metal caps, porcelain vases and even a marble table with wooden chairs! See also: AN ORIENTAL AND RETRO-THEMED WEDDING BANQUET AT THE RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA SINGAPORE Image by Feldberyl Images Ng Wan Ting and Desmond Peh celebrated their nuptials tinged with oriental and rustic accents in a Shanghai-inspired retro themed wedding. The bride wore a stunning white floor-length lace cheongsam instead of a bridal gown, and had two more outfit changes which were cheongsams as well! Image by Daniel Beh Photography They paid homage to Singapore in the 60s and 70s with their bridal dressed in retro outfits (headbands anyone?), and drove around with vintage camper vans! Image by Daniel Beh Photography Red was everywhere - from the bride's cheongsam (see second pic) to the glutinous rice balls, ring box and reception table decor. Marquee lights in the form of the Mandarin character for double happiness, vintage fans (electric and paper), ornate porcelain vases and old-school prints added to the vintage charm. See also: 10 BEAUTIFUL IDEAS FOR A RETRO SHANGHAI NIGHT WEDDING Image by Daniel Beh Photography Sheena Cheong and Benjamin Song, both 31, had a retro Shanghai night extravaganza with live getai and lion dance performances. "To create a venue that fitted our wedding theme, we transformed the hall at the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations into a vintage Shanghainese lounge with harem tents, drapes and lighting. Sheena selected each decor item and decided where they should go. Guests were encouraged to come in traditional Chinese attire – or at least the fashion of the time," says Ben. Image by Stanstills Photography A real-life trishaw (that you could sit on) and lanterns were part of their interactive photo-taking corner for their guests. “My in-laws are very traditional, so we wanted a theme and celebration that they would find enjoyable,” says Sheena. See also: A RETRO SHANGHAI NIGHT WEDDING WITH GETAI AND LION DANCE PERFORMANCES! Image by Stanstills Photography